Secret Brief (royal blue) wins the Lincoln under William Buick
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Report: Doncaster, Saturday
Betway Lincoln (Heritage Handicap) (CLASS 2), 1m, 4yo+
SECRET BRIEF stayed on powerfully to overhaul Bravo Zolo and win the Betway Lincoln for Charlie Appleby and Godolphin.
Secret Brief, who was ridden by William Buick and broke from the highest-numbered stall in 22, moved up powerfully on the flank and responded well to pressure to win by a neck.
The 12-1 winner stuck to his task well to get the better of Bravo Zolo, who had raced prominently on the far side from his draw in stall two, while 50-1 outsider Battle Of Marathon finished half a length further back in third. Birdman was fourth and Man of Harlech was fifth.
John Ferguson, who was recently appointed as chief executive of Godolphin following a reorganisation, said: “You couldn’t ask for more. It’s a handicap but it’s a very significant one and it gets you off to a great start. The lovely thing about both yards is that everyone works so well together and it gives everyone a boost and it is very important to be positive.
“My hopes and aspirations are to maximise the potential of every horse in the yard. I am not saying they are all champions, I am not saying they are all Group horses but if we can maximise the potential of every horse we have done a good job and that is what Sheikh Mohammed deserves.”
Secret Brief was one of two Godolphin representatives in the Lincoln, the other being the day-of-the-race gamble Udododontu, who was sent off as the 11-2 favourite having been available at 10-1 in the morning.
He failed to make an impression and finished 18th, one place in front of ante-post gamble Lord Of The Land, who was uneasy in the market in the lead up to the race.
Tough and genuine
Regarding the horse’s future prospects, Ferguson added: “This is a horse who has been trained in Dubai in the winter. I was very impressed by the way he travelled in the race. He is tough and he is genuine and he stuck his neck out today. We’ll have to see what the handicapper does next Tuesday and make a plan from there.”
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